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Defending against Dengue dangers on doorstep during three highest-risk months

It is not a new message, but it is one worth repeating when it comes to the perils of the dreaded mosquito-borne virus Dengue.

Make sure you and your household is safe as possible from dengue by destroying breeding sources for mosquitoes in the rainy season.

Such activities are particularly necessary for July, August and September when dengue fever hits its annual peak regionwide.

Raising guppy fish is one of the five most effective measures for dengue control.

To the beginning of July this year, the number of people falling ill with dengue fever has been on the rise particularly in urban areas.

In Laos, the capital is at the apex for reported numbers and rates of infection countrywide this year.

Director of Vientiane Health Department, Dr Phonepaseuth Ounaphom, said prevention via the ‘5 Por' was the best way to fight dengue.

The “5 Por” are as follows: closing and sealing all containers, flushing all water vessels, releasing guppy fish, cleaning the areas surrounding residences and finally, remembering to do the first four tasks regularly.

“Many tropical countries around the world are experiencing dengue are controlling using this method. It is effective,” said Dr Phonepaseuth.

“I want to say again we have to do this weekly at least to cut cycle of growth of these dengue-carrying mosquitos.

“If people do it on a regular basis or as a matter of habit, I think we can reduce the populations of mosquitoes at this time of the year.”

Dr Phonepaseuth, who is also an epidemiologist, said that he wanted to involve government authorities, including media to repeat the message continuously in the aim of getting the public to realise the importance of dengue prevention.

Even though medical staffers and media continue to promote dengue control campaigns, the department estimates that only around 30 percent of residents are actively implementing anti-dengue activities according to the advice of health experts. So far this year, Vientiane Health Department has recorded that more than 300 have been infected with dengue fever, resulting in one death.

Health authorities believe that if the preventive measures are fully not implemented, the country may face a dengue outbreak this year, especially in July, August and September when rainfall is on the rise.

“We can say that July, August and September are the most dangerous months during which we must closely monitor the situation of dengue,” said Dr Phonepaseuth.

Head of Epidemiology Division under the Vientiane Health Department, Dr Chanthalay Sayavong said that in addition to encouraging local people to follow medical staffers' advice on dengue prevention, the department has set up an online group, including more 100 members who are from leading hospitals and district hospitals in the capital.

These will inform all dengue cases that they identify.

A rapid response and surveillance team will go to monitor the situation of the case in the host community.

Mobile health team will immediately check the density population of mosquito in any community where dengue has been reported, including to rid the area of larvae.

“If there is any surge in cases or fatality reported from dengue fever in any community, insecticides will be used to reduce the number of population of mosquitos in that area as much as possible,” Dr Chanthalay said.

 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 8, 2017)


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